GALVESTON, Texas – Police say a 23-year-old security guard was shot behind the popular San Luis Hotel in Galveston overnight.  

Galveston Police Captain Joshua Shirard confirms the guard is in ICU after having surgery at UTMB-Galveston. The guard, police say, will likely have more surgeries Monday.

Late Sunday the guard said he spotted three suspicious men in a back parking lot at the hotel, located in the 5200 block of Seawall Boulevard. When the guard approached the men, at least one of them opened fire and shot him multiple times.

Hotel guest Charlesetta Malone says she had just pulled into the parking lot and was getting her suitcases out of her car trunk when she heard at least six or seven shots. 

“We were just kind of caught off guard and we were just getting our bags out of the car,” she said. “And all of a sudden…pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop! Just that quick and we hit the ground.”

The suspects fled the scene and remained on the run as of Monday morning.

An off-duty officer heard the gunfire and found the wounded guard, who was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

Galveston Police are working with other agencies to try and track down the suspects and get a better description of the gunman. Houston Police responded with a helicopter to search by air, but so far no arrests have been made.

Galveston police say there is no surveillance video from the hotel showing what happened. Investigators are checking with neighboring businesses to see if they captured the suspects fleeing from the scene.

Call Galveston Police at 409-765-3702 if you have any information